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Angry Young Man
Billy Joel Lyrics


There's a place in the world for the angry young man
With his working class ties and his radical plans
He refuses to bend, he refuses to crawl
And he's always at home with his back to the wall.
He's proud of the scars and the battles he's lost
He struggles and bleeds as he hangs on the cross
And he likes to be known as the angry young man.

Give a moment or two to the angry young man
With his foot in his mouth and his heart in his hand
He's been stabbed in the back, he's been misunderstood
It's a comfort to know his intentions are good
He sits in a room with a lock on the door
With his maps and his medals laid out of the floor
And he likes to be known as the angry young man.

I believe I've passed the age of consciousness and righteous rage,
I've found that just surviving was a noble fight
I once believed in causes too, had my pointless point of view
Life went on no matter who was right or wrong.

And there's always a place for the angry young man
With his fist in the air and his head in the sand
He's never been able to learn from mistakes
He can't understand why his heart always breaks
His honor is pure, and his courage as well
He's fair and he's true, and he's boring as hell
And he'll go to his grave as an angry old man.

There's a place in the world for the angry young man
With his working class ties and his radical plans
He refuses to bend, he refuses to crawl
And he's always at home with his back to the wall.
He's proud of the scars and the battles he's lost
He struggles and bleeds as he hangs on the cross
And he likes to be known as the angry young man.

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: BILLY JOEL

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Ladyhawk's Lair

@Lord O' Shower Oh, yeah. Right now, I want Bernie, but I don't think the establishment will allow him to become president. I was completely finished with politics until Bernie's recent surge. The mess in Iowa makes me feel I was stupid to start hoping again.


Back when I wrote the above post, I was happier, having accepted things as they are. My plan was to stay as happy as possible until humanity's inevitable downfall, but hope--even false hope--derailed me.


I'm trying to go back to not giving a shit, but once hope sinks its hooks into you, it doesn't let go. Bernie winning and enacting any of his policies is probably close to impossible. That's what I was thinking even before a recent Noam Chomsky interview wherein he expressed the same opinion. Part of me wants to return to apathy, but Chomsky could be wrong, so another part of me wants to follow the news and do what little I can. Hope springs eternal, even when it may not be good for you.

If only I knew for sure what is going to happen. Sometimes a poor prognosis allows one to live freely until the inevitable comes. I'm disabled and prone to chronic infections, so there's not a hell of a lot I could do, anyway. I've always wanted to be a good person and do the right thing, but maybe that isn't what I should do under the circumstances.


Obviously, I'm a bit mixed up right now. Intellectually, I agree with Chomsky's poor prognosis, but I want things to get better. I am becoming an "angry young man" again and I don't think it's good for me. But is it my duty to try, anyway?


One of my main concerns is that none of humanity's solutions will work, based on the observation that humans are vile and incapable of working together long enough to save their species from extinction. Also, it seems to me that "causes" of any kind are one of the biggest sources of human suffering. There are a few who mean well, but no matter proposed solution, it is corrupted by evil men who seek power.

So, I need to make a decision on how to ride out what will probably be the end of all things...



johnny zell

There's a place in the world for the angry young man
With his working class ties and his radical plans
He refuses to bend, he refuses to crawl
He's always at home with his back to the wall
And he's proud of his scars and the battles he's lost
And he struggles and bleeds as he hangs on the cross
And he likes to be known as the angry young man
Give a moment or two to the angry young man
With his foot in his mouth and his heart in his hand
He's been stabbed in the back, he's been misunderstood
It's a comfort to know his intentions are good
And he sits in a room with a lock on the door
With his maps and his medals laid out on the floor
And he likes to be known as the angry young man
I believe I've passed the age of consciousness and righteous rage
I found that just surviving was a noble fight
I once believed in causes too
I had my pointless point of view
And life went on no matter who was wrong or right
And there's always a place for the angry young man
With his fist in the air and his head in the sand
And he's never been able to learn from mistakes
So he can't understand why his heart always breaks
But his honor is pure and his courage as well
And he's fair and he's true and he's boring as hell
And he'll go to the grave as an angry old man
There's a place in the world for the angry young man
With his working class ties and his radical plans
He refuses to bend, he refuses to crawl
He's always at home with his back to the wall
And he's proud of his scars and the battles he's lost
And he struggles and bleeds as he hangs on the cross
And he likes to be known as the angry young man



xDingodile33

There's a place in the world for the angry young man
With his working class ties and his radical plans
He refuses to bend, he refuses to crawl
And he's always at home with his back to the wall
And he's proud of his scars and the battles he's lost
And he struggles and bleeds as he hangs on his cross
And he likes to be known as the angry young man

Give a moment or two to the angry young man
With his foot in his mouth and his heart in his hand
He's been stabbed in the back, he's been misunderstood
It's a comfort to know his intentions are good
And he sits in his room with a lock on the door
With his maps and his medals laid out on the floor
And he likes to be known as the angry young man

I believe I've passed the age of consciousness and righteous rage
I found that just surviving was a noble fight
I once believed in causes too
I had my pointless point of view
And life went on no matter who was wrong or right

And there's always a place for the angry young man
With his fist in the air and his head in the sand
And he's never been able to learn from mistakes
So he can't understand why his heart always breaks
And his honor is pure and his courage is well
And he's fair and he's true and he's boring as hell
And he'll go to the grave as an angry old man

Yes there's always a place for the angry young man
With his working class ties and his radical plans
He refuses to bend he refuses to crawl
And he's always at home with his back to the wall
And he's proud of his scars and the battles he's lost
And he struggles and bleeds as he hangs on his cross
And he likes to be known as the angry young man



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Charlie Cheeseman

How does someone play such an amazing intro on the piano so perfectly?

the truth

I know 100% for a fact that it was recorded in 1take with no edits. The band recorded the main parts, piano, guitar, bass & drums all the way through at the same time as well. Overdubs were obviously done for synthesizers, vocals & additional rhythm tracks that consisted of liberty literally playing Billy to get that galloping sound.
He plays it flawless more often than not live.

Billy is one of the rare ones who not only knows his instrument inside & out but he is also a true writer. Those 2skills DO NOT go hand in hand but when someone is blessed with that ability the outcome is jaw dropping. He is the best modern songwriter to ever step foot on this earth.

John Adams

Well it certainly wasn't a sequencer. After all it was only 1976, so... ya =)

John B

Also a piano with an incredible escapement. Most piano escapements would not come close to coping with the extreme speed found here of over 10 repeated same notes every second - most pianos would only allow 4 to 6 repetitions of the same note per second. Billy Joel's piano might be unique in having this special ultrafast escapement.

Johnny Onthespot

Practice

Laura Malek

I always forget how much I love this whole album.

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Martin Noah

"I believe I've passed the age of consciousness and righteous rage.
I've found that just surviving is a noble fight.
I once believed in causes too; I had my pointless points of view.
And life went on no matter who as wrong or right". Sums up a lot of us as we grow older.

Gabriel Warren

@Ladyhawk's Lair its that kind of frustration where the people who are suppose to listen refuse to. Ill admit I'm not a Bernie bro, I disagree with most of his ideas but the way the dnc shafted him was appalling.

Robis Amansplainer

Yup!

EpicKaiserTom

@Lumino You are making the assumption that Billy supports being a cynic. As I interpret it, he's pointing out how ridiculous such thinking is. He's exaggerating to make a point that you shouldn't think that "just surviving is a noble fight"; there is obviously so much more than that.

He's playing the part of "society" that sits there and tells people to stop following these "pointless causes" and having these "pointless points of view". From the perspective of all the people who dropped those things just to live life. And how society calls and dismisses these people who refuse to drop those causes and opinions as "angry young/old men". If anything, he's ragging on cynics.

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